Archive for September, 2009

Adaptive Snowboard in the Smithsonian

September 25th, 2009

I recently made a trip to Washington DC for a few days. While visiting the American History Museum at the Smithsonian Institute I came across this display featuring an adaptive snowboard. Two Hampshire College students, Matt Capozzi and Nathan Connolly,  developed this prototype back in 1997. Here is a picture along with a reprint of the signboard in the display.

Adaptive Snowboard in the Smithsonian.

‘The first design for the accessible snowboard was made with PVC pipe, a camp chair, and glue. But the snowboard and its rider tended to tip over. To increase stability and manuverability, another prototype was designed. Made of molded carbon fiber, it was stronger and lighter than previous versions.

Snowboarders typically use ski lifts to go up the mountain and then ride down the slopes sideways, like surfers. So the inventors designed a mechanism that swivels and raises the seat, allowing the rider to face forward and rise up to catch the lift without getting off the snowboard.’

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